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GM Recalls 700K Pickups Over Airbag and Engine Defects

In recent weeks, General Motors (GM) announced two separate recalls affecting approximately 700,000 pickup trucks. One recall, affecting 410,019 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado trucks, pertains to a defective airbag inflator that may increase the risk of crash-related injury. The second recall, impacting 331,274 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks, stems from an electrical short-circuit in the engine block heater, increasing the risk of fire. Here’s what GM customers need to know about these recently announced recalls.

The Details of GM’s Airbag Recall

GM announced that it was issuing a safety recall over defective roof-rail airbag inflator end caps, which could detach from the inflator and prevent the airbags from deploying properly. In some cases, the defect could send shrapnel into the passenger cabin upon impact. Due to the severity of this issue, dealers can no longer sell any used vehicle with this issue until it’s received the necessary recall repair. For now, the affected models include the 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500, as well as the 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500. Although the replacement parts have not been made available yet, the automaker will notify affected customers as soon as the parts are ready so they can receive these repairs free of charge.

Engine Short Circuit Recall

The second recall pertains to GM and Chevrolet pickup trucks equipped with a Duramax diesel 6.6-liter engine and an engine-block heater cord. An electrical short-circuit could occur in the engine-block heater cable or the connecting terminals, increasing the risk of an engine fire. The affected models include the 2017-2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and the 2017-2019 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500. The automaker will notify customers by mid-August 2021, and they can visit the dealer for replacement parts.

 

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